IFC has started their comedy programming in 2012 off with a “bang.” There has been an incredible amount of hype surrounding the second season of Portlandia (and for good reason) with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, not to mention their live tour that’s touring the country.
Also, wildly popular and critically acclaimed comedy podcast Comedy Bang Bang (once known as Comedy Death Ray) from Scott Aukerman (pictured above) has been picked up as a show– also for IFC.
Comedy Bang Bang, the show, will share an hour with a Kurt Braunohler-hosted game show called Bunk sometime this year in primetime. Bunk is another show to watch closely– not only to continue a developing trend of hip comedy game shows like Fuse TV’s Billy on the Street, but it will also feature several talented comedians such as Kristen Schaal and Kumail Nanjiani competing against each other in absurd competitions like how to improve animals.
Those two shows and more will most likely be featured on the TV adaptation of Comedy Bang Bang as well. For one, the show’s bandleader will be the delightful and enigmatic musical comedian Reggie Watts. Then, there will be a mixture of “celebrity guests, comedy sketches, animation and music,” which will probably have the cavalcade of comedy stars that are regularly on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast like Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian, Andy Richter, Patton Oswalt, Andy Daly, Sarah Silverman and more.